Tarl Cabot has always believed himself to be a citizen of Earth. He has no inkling that his destiny is far greater than the small planet he has inhabited for the first 20-odd years of his life. One frosty winter night in the New England woods, he finds himself transported to the planet of Gor, also known as Counter-Earth, where everything is dramatically different from anything he has ever experienced. It emerges that Tarl is to be trained as a Tarnsman, one of the most honored positions in the rigid, caste-bound Gorean society. He is disciplined by the best teachers and warriors that Gor has to offer...but to what end?
This is the first book of John Norman's popular and controversial Gorean Saga, a series of novels the author began in 1967 with Tarnsman of Gor and are now considered cult classics. This audiobook is based on the definitive edition recently published by E-Books.
©2007 John Norman (P)2010 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
Creative pulp fantasy. Old school. If you liked John Carter of Mars you'll like this. Narrator voices and inflections are all wrong. I was willing to put up with it, but it's a shame. Took a star.
music nut, history buff
The narrator did an all right job. There was plenty of swashbuckling action, especially in the last third of the book. Not much depth, though.
Knowing that the start of a series is often slow, I stuck it out and made it to the 3 hour mark. Things DID start to pick up after about the 2nd hour, but I found even the action scene descriptions to be somewhat tedious. The emotion added by the narrator (who did an excellent job) was the only redeeming factor. Perhaps it's unfair to submit a review of a book I didn't finish, but I'm fairly certain my opinion would remain unchanged had I finished listening.
I am a lover of fantasy novels with exciting action, complex plots, and unforgettable characters.
I have written several reviews for this website and most of them are fairly positive. Well unfortunately that is about to change. Before reading this book i had heard many mixed opinions about it and I came to the conclusion that it is a very controversial book and series. This controversy made me interested to give it a try and listen for myself. After finishing the book i kind of wish I hadn't. First, we have Normon's Characters, whitch as far as I am concerned are as flat as a board. I don't have to love my characters to get into a story, but they do have to be interesting. They were one dimensional and didn't seem to change at all in the story. The second problem was the plot. I agree with his double world idea and his transferring from one to the other is clever I admit. This is especially true because when he wrote this book it was a very original idea. However, without this concept the plot would be completely worthless. It is so straight forward and predictable it is sad. also, the author has a blunt way of writing, whitch lacks flare, whitch continued to destroy my image of the plot. Finally, i don't agree with his misagynistic views in this novel. It is his dicision to write his views into the novel or not, but it is mine to agree with them or not. The final straw to make this a bad book is the narrator. His narration is so boring and lack luster it made me struggle to finish the story altogether. I gave this book 3 stars because I understand that it is from the mid 1960s and fantasy as a genre was just starting out, but unless you like lack luster books with strange sexual views I wouldn't recommend it.
I picked this audio book up from a "daily deal" and I'm glad I didn't pay full price. I recognized the title from my youth, as it was a controversial book and quite popular back then, but I never got around to reading it. Perhaps if I had done so in my youth, I may have enjoyed it more.
With the benefit of age and experience, however, I can recognize it for what it is; a teen male fantasy. The writing is one dimensional, the situations staged, and the background of how all this came to be is woefully thin. The character is transported by aliens to a alternate earth where women a slinky slave things and, after immediately accepting his abduction, he becomes the best swordsman on the planet, saving sexy females along the way, and ultimately influences the fate of the world.
To top it off, the narrator, who I can see being better in a lest cartoonish role, destroyed the characters narratives. Every barbarian voice was done in the same angry and stilted voice, and delivered in an enhanced volume.
So, while I can recommend this to the adolescent crowd, avoid this if you are looking for something less blunt.
Only if could listen to the whole of the book, and not just a few paragraphs.
no problem with Normal. I would read another of his books.
If would narrate the whole book, yes.
not pleasing with this, and had to pay for it, big blah.
I don't give spoilers
The Gorean series is basically Conan the barbarian meets a smut novel on another world. There's lots of violent battles and vicious giant man eaters with a dash BDSM. The series gets a little repetitive as the books go on but not to badly for a 20 plus book series. If you liked the John Carter in 'A Princess of Mars' series most likely you'll enjoy these books there very similar. I prefer the Gorean series myself, except the ones narrated by women which I haven't bought so don't know if there good or not I personal dislike women narrates.
i unfortunately brought all six gorean books at once the back story is fine but his main story line seems to be how to abuse the fairer sex
actually by book 5 i was surprised the narrator hasn't thrown up his hands and left in discus
every women he came across
would have excepted it more if he had no morals at all, or if the so called free women of gor just didn't exists. kept thinking maybe every women may fantasise about being swept of their feet by a handsome night and ravished but you can bet your life saving if he try it a second night she would have cut his throat stolen his gold and left
God made man, Sam Colt made them equal! INDEPENDENCE DAY 1.20.2013 Somewhere in Kenya, a village is missing it's IDIOT!
Ralph's voice is not the most pleasant voice to listen to but was easy to understand and his voice does grow on you some. Great Audio Book, will be getting Outlaws and the rest of the Gor Books.
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